Drugless Support for Cancer-Related Pain & Other Symptoms
By Dr. Donald Liebell
We are all grateful that advancements in cancer treatment have improved survival rates. The treatments themselves however, can be debilitating, resulting in various side effects. Fortunately there are many drugless treatments that can help reduce the suffering of cancer patients. Many of the top cancer facilities throughout the world include them as part of treatment. In this article, I will discuss my favorites.
Look to the Spine
Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine (460-370 BC), described treatment
of spinal misalignment in his monumental work known as the Corpus
Hippocrateum: "Look well to the spine, for this is the requisite for many
diseases." Socrates (469-399 BC) advised, "If you would seek health, look
first to the spine."
Many cancer patients have found relief through chiropractic spinal
treatment. However, not too many cancer specialist appear to be aware
of the benefits their patients may receive from this magnificent healing
science and art. Noted New York based immunologist and cancer specialist,
Nicholas Gonzales, M.D. has been an exception. He has been long aware of
the effectiveness of a particular chiropractic approach called Atlas Orthogonal.
The rationale for spinal treatment is that improved function of ones
nervous system is critical to fighting the battle against cancer... no matter
what other treatment approaches (chemotherapy, radiation, nutritional,
homeopathic, herbal, etc.) are being utilized. Precision spinal correction,
particularly at the upper neck can be a wonderful complementary approach
to cancer treatment, to help boost nerve and immune system function.
Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez has investigated and utilized nutritional approaches
to cancer and other degenerative diseases since 1981. The doctor has appeared
on many television and radio programs, as well as being featured in the wonderful
patient advocated books written by Suzanne Somers. I have been privileged to
meet Dr. Gonzalez, as he has spoken many times at conferences on Atlas Orthogonal
that I have attended.
A great deal of information regarding Atlas Orthogonal is available throughout this website, since it is one of the cornerstones of my practice. This procedure has been featured on the popular television program, "The Doctors" as well as the "Montel Williams Show."
The Atlas Orthogonal procedure has been studied and published in both medical and chiropractic journals. I am very proud to one of the few board certified doctors in the world to provide this remarkable health service. I appreciate the efforts Dr. Nicholas Gonzales has made to advocate this procedure to cancer patients.
This is the true spirit of integrative health care.
A cooperative or complementary approach is important for all health care, but never more important than when it comes to cancer patients. Every "helping hand" is appreciated and necessary.
Acupuncture and Cancer Pain Management
Acupuncture has been documented in medical journals to be helpful to cancer patients in many ways. For example, one study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, revealed that acupuncture was actually more effective than a drug used for side effects of post-breast cancer hormone therapy.
Another good example is a study published in the December 6, 2005 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. High-dose chemotherapy patients, who suffered nausea, were found to get better results from a combination of anti-nausea medication and electro-acupuncture—rather than medication alone.
Ear Acupuncture for Relief
For over 30 years, a specialized system of ear acupuncture (Auricular Therapy) has been utilized as a complementary treatment for pain from cancer, when conventional medication has been ineffective.
In November, 2003, the Journal of Clinical Oncology published a study that revealed clear evidence that cancer patients benefited from this specialized form of acupuncture. My website, EarSecret.com is dedicated to these acupuncture principles.
The Astonishing Treatment for Dry Mouth and Eyes
One of the most remarkable examples of the use of ear acupuncture is the case of chronic dry mouth or eyes. It has been a thrill to see ear (and hand) acupuncture immediately restore saliva and tears to long suffering patients, who lost salivary gland and/or tear duct function after chemotherapy or radiation treatments. An entire article on this website is devoted to this astonishing acupuncture protocol
Homeopathic Medicine for Cancer Patients
Homeopathy is not by any means a stand-alone treatment for cancer. One must understand that homeopathy is not a disease-oriented approach altogether. Rather it is a patient-oriented approach intended to naturally help strengthen the patient’s defenses.
One of the most respected cancer research institutions in the world published a groundbreaking study that demonstrated proof that homeopathic medicine could be effective for people with cancer. The remedies used in the study have been around for over 100 years!
This study demonstrated that specific homeopathic remedies can kill cancer cells without affecting the normal cells! The study, "Cytotoxic effects of ultra-diluted remedies on breast cancer cells" was published in the February 2010 issue of the International Journal of Oncology.
Homeopathy can work magnificently as a supplement to conventional cancer treatment. Its goal is detoxification and strengthening of the immune system. It is a very powerful tool for cancer patients, and it has been used throughout the world for over 200 years.
Actress, author and patient advocate, Suzanne Somers has documented her personal success with homeopathy, as part of her successful fight against cancer.
I can’t stress enough that I am not a cancer specialist. I don’t treat cancer. However, I certainly treat PEOPLE who have (or have had) many types of cancer. It is my privilege and joy to help sufferers and survivors of cancer to manage pain and other symptoms, and improve quality of life.
I utilize several procedures that are classified as complementary and alternative medicine. Normally, I’m not too fond of that terminology. In my opinion, it gives a negative impression of safe and effective practices and procedures that have been practiced for ages—far longer than many practices of conventional Western medicine.
However in the case of treatment of cancer patients, it is my very assertion that my role is indeed complementary (but NOT alternative) to chemotherapy, radiation, and any other treatment prescribed by one’s oncologist, internist or other physician.
More people are discovering that various acupuncture procedures can provide blessed relief and improved function to many cancer patients. Please keep in mind that I cannot and will not provide any diagnostic or treatment opinions regarding any type of cancer. My role is not in the direct treatment of cancer, but rather improving quality of life and promoting health for those afflicted with it.
Dr. Donald Liebell
Donald K. Liebell, D.C., B.C.A.O.
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Are There Effective Ways to
Treat Cancer Pain with
"There are good ways to treat almost everyone with pain using both regular and alternative medicines, and we like to think they are complementary to one another, and work best when used together… there are lots of good alternative medicines and therapies to work right in. Massage therapy, acupressure, acupuncture, relaxation, imagery, all have been shown to help people adapt to their illness"
Tom Smith, M.D., Chairman, Division of Hematology/Oncology and Palliative Care, Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center
M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center Validates Homeopathy in the Treatment of Breast Cancer!
"We felt that homeopathy needed to be tested in the same way that we test new chemotherapeutic drugs. We were quite impressed to find that homeopathic remedies have similar effects to chemotherapy on breast cancer cells but without affecting normal cells, a very exciting finding"
-Moshe Frenkel, M.D.
MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas"
We want every single patient we have under care to have their spine examined by an Atlas Orthogonist"
"I am saddened by the thousands, and probably millions, of patients that have problems that could be helped by Atlas Orthogonal, but don’t know that it exists. If the alignment is wrong, the nerve system is not going to work well no matter how good their nutrition is, they are not going to be able to assimilate that nutrition sufficiently. The majority of cancer cases we see have overt cervical spinal problems, even the ones who don’t have a history of spinal trauma."
- Dr. Nicholas Gonzales, MD,
Immunologist, Cancer Specialist
Regarding her survival from breast cancer, Suzanne Somers carefully considered her treatment options, and selected a course of treatment that involve both both conventional and alternative approaches, which included homeopathy
"In the beginning, many people were skeptical, but after seeing it demonstrated on patients and the benefits achieved -- especially in the area of pain --
the majority of physicians embraced
it and learned how to use it in their
practices as an adunctive therapy.
Colonel (Dr.) Richard Niemztow,
M.D., PhD., M.P.H., Radiation
Oncologist, Developer of Ear Acupuncture Procedure for Dry Mouth & Eyes
Acupuncture at America's
Top Cancer Research Center
“Acupuncture will not cure cancer, but it may improve immune function... It helps patients with those treatment-related side effects so they can continue to receive their cancer treatment. Maybe some side effects can be treated by western medicines, but a lot of times patients are already on so many medicines that they don’t want to take more drugs, plus the drugs can be more expensive.”
- Joseph Chiang, M.D., Anesthesiologist, Professor - Department of Anesthesiology, MD Anderson Cancer Research Center
“There has been an explosion
of research in the area of acupuncture”
Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D. Associate professor,
Department of Behavioral Science and Palliative Care & Rehabilitation Medicine, Director of the Integrative Medicine Program,
MD Anderson Cancer Center
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